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Nā Kau ʻElua (2019) 
40 min. ca.
Concerto in 12 short movements for solo oboe, orchestra, Western and Hawaiian percussion and natural sounds

First Performances (orchestral version): November 9 and 10, 2019
Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
with J. Scott Janusch, oboe; Keitaro Harada, conductor
Blaisdell Concert Hall
Honolulu, Hawaii

Commissioned by J. Scott Janusch and Live Music Awareness in celebration of the new legacy oboe constructed by Howarth of London with wood from a kauila tree (alphitonia ponderosa) native to Kōkeʻe, Kauaʻi.  Funded in part through a Grant In Aid  from the City and County of Honolulu and by private donors.

KAU HOʻOILO (Wet season)
  I. Ka ʻŌʻō a Kane – Kane’s Digging Stick
  II. Ka Papa Hōlua o Kamapuaʻa – Kamapuaʻa’s Hōlua Sled
  III. Na Līloa Ka Lāʻau Pālau – Līloa’s War Club
  IV. He Mele No Kālāʻau – The Song of Kālāʻau
  V. Ka Ihe a Kāwelu – Kāwelu’s Spear
  VI. Ka Lāʻau a Ke Kia Manu – The Bird Catcher’s Pole

KAU WELA (Dry season)
  VII. Ka Puhi o Laumeki – The Eel of the ʻAnae-Holo
  VIII. I Ka ʻAuamo ʻIa o Kamapuaʻa – As Kamapuaʻa is Carried Away
  IX.  Ka Iʻe Kuku – The Kapa Beater
  X. Ka Lāʻau Pālau a Kawelo – Kawelo’s War Club
  XI. Ka Hiʻa Kā ʻUpena – The Netting Needle
  XII. Kā Kekuhaupiʻo Pāhoa – Kekuhaupiʻo’s Dagger

Click here to see the perusal score.

Scenes (2003) 

14 min.
2222 / 4331(dbl. Euph.) / Timp+4 / Hp / Pno / Stgs

World Premiere: April 26, 2003
Symphony San Jose Silicon Valley
Paul Polivnick, conductor
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
San Jose, California

Commissioned by Symphony San Jose Silicon Vally in celebration of its inaugural season

[score - pdf]    [note - pdf]
 
Hermia's Dream Vision (2000) 
13 min.
chamber orchestra (16 players: fl/picc, cl, ob, 2 hn, tpt, btbn, 2 perc, pno, hp, 2 vln, vla, vlc, cb)

World Premiere: April 4, 2000
New Juilliard Ensemble
Joel Sachs, conductor
Alice Tully Hall
New York, New York

Commissioned by the New Juilliard Ensemble

 [score-pdf]    [instrumentation-pdf]
 
The Winged (1996) 1968 choreography by José Limón  
40 min.
chamber orchestra and tape (fl/picc, cl, alto sax, hn, tpt, btbn, perc, pno, hp, vln, 2 vcl, cb)
 
World Premiere: Februrary 15-18, 1996
The Juilliard Theater
Lincoln Center
New York, New York
Juilliard Dance Ensemble (restaged by Carla Maxwell)
Members of the Juilliard Orchestra
David Briskin, conductor

Commissioned by The Juilliard School in celebration of the
José Limón Dance Company's 50th Anniversary

[Audio sample - "Dawn Chorus"; Members of the Juilliard Orchestra; D. Briskin, cond.]

[Audio sample - "Eros"; Members of the Juilliard Orchestra; D. Briskin, cond.]

["Dawn Chorus" score sample - pdf]    [note - pdf]
 

Music > orchestral > orchestral arrangements

Dorian (2003) for choreography by Robert Hill  
55 min.
3233 / 4321(dbl. Euph.) / Timp+1 / Hp / Solo Pno / Solo Vn / Stgs

This work is based on chamber works by Chausson (Op. 21 and 30), Schumann and Chopin.

World Premiere: October 30, 2003
City Center
New York, New York
American Ballet Theatre Orchestra
David LaMarche, conductor

Commissioned by American Ballet Theatre
 
A Musical Offering (1997) choreography by José Limón

30 min.
chamber orchestra (fl, cl, hn, tbn, vln, 2 vcl, cb, cem)

Based on J.S. Bach's A Musical Offering
 
World Premiere: November 1997
The Joyce Theater
New York, New York
Limón Dance Company
David LaMarche, conductor

Commissioned by the Limón Foundation for performance with José Limón's ballet, "A Musical Offering"
     

(18 July 2008)

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